CRN 2017 Women of the Channel Details

One of our "Power 30 Solution Providers"

Nancy Gorski

President & CEO, Strategic Mobility Group

Location: Schaumburg, IL


Number of years in current position: 7

Number of years involved with indirect sales: 15

Twitter Handle: @NancySMG3

Fun Facts:

Has a female boss
Has worked for a solution provider organization
Has a mentor
Is a mentor
Loves Spotify
Has a personal mantra
Has completed a marathon
Had a lemonade stand

Biography and Background:
Nancy, President and Co-Founder of Strategic Mobility Group, has been in the IT industry for more than twenty-six years. After attending Loyola University in Chicago and obtaining her Bachelor's Degree in History, Nancy launched her career in the IT industry. Starting as a network administrator and growing into an ardent business owner with a successful business model of providing exceptional customer service. Founded and grew two different successful IT companies where relationships thrive and clients appreciate excellent service. Proud to be a source of extensive knowledge and have a passion for exceeding customer expectations. Technical experience with LAN/WAN, connectivity, optimization of technical environments. Experience building, managing, and growing operations teams, technical teams, and customer support teams made up of highly qualified individuals and aiding in their career and personal development. Possesses a deep understanding of organizational development, strategic planning, and innovative entrepreneurial leadership with a flair for customer service, employee morale, and company growth. Belief in honesty and preserving open communications to build a constructive relationship based on trust and satisfaction. In 2011, with Nico Genet and Eric Holmes, Nancy founded Strategic Mobility Group (SMG3), which designs and implements award-winning custom mobile solutions for small businesses to Fortune 500 companies.

How have you personally helped advance your company's channel business over the past year?
Strategic Mobility Group, LLC (SMG3)'s mission is simple: To improve lives using technology while offering Visibility Through MobilityTM. SMG3's core reason for existence is to make our clients' lives easier, while concurrently turning thousands of companies in numerous industries from inefficient to efficient. In reality, the average VAR (Value Added Reseller) sells hardware and charges clients for it; while this transactional approach serves a purpose for some, it does not create the experience we are looking to provide our clients. In order to make a difference in our industry, which is so much more than just selling hardware and pushing boxes, SMG3 provides clients Visibility Through MobilityTM mobilizing our clients' workforce.

What are your goals for your company's channel business over the next year?
Strategic Mobility Group (SMG3) is committed to breaking down walls, exceeding industry standards, leading by example, and simply "Being the Good". One can "Be the Good" in countless ways, and SMG3 lives out this core value in the way we treat our employees, clients, partners, and the communities we live and work in. Not only does SMG3 have the best interests of its employees and clients, but also of its clients' businesses.

What honors, awards or commendations have you won over the past year?
I have been fortunate to receive CRN's Women of the Channel Award four consecutive years. To be recognized among this elite class of Women of the Channel is an incredible honor, and I want young women everywhere to pursue their dreams and passions. Even if I only inspire one young lady to follow her aspirations, then I will have done my job.

Outside of your family, please name a woman you admire and why:
It is hard to name just one woman. I am always intrigued by woman who were "firsts." Margaret Thatcher, Madeline Albright, Sally Ride, Amelia Earhart, Helen Keller, Sandra Day O'Connor, Billie Jean King and there are so many more. Women who make their cause to further push equality among men and woman, stand out in time and frankly, they are all my heroes.

What advice would you give to young women who want to begin careers in technology?
Go for it. Women joining the technology field has done so much for advancement. It is not a glamourous field by any means, but I believe it is one of the most rewarding fields that offers the flexibility to push boundaries way beyond what one could imagine. Technology and its advancements have opened the doors to so much economically and socially - to be a part of it even if a small part is quite empowering.

If you could be any movie character for one day in real life, who would you be and why?
Iron Man, also known as Tony Stark. To have the resources and intelligence of Tony Stark would allow for an amazing day. The technology available at my fingertips is almost too much to comprehend. That paired with the financial resources could allow for so many advances to aid in more humanitarian efforts. Being the Good would take on a whole different meaning.

If you could travel to a city you've never been to before, all expenses paid, where would you go and why?
Venice - it was major financial and maritime power during the Middles Ages and Renaissance, which happen to be favorite points in history. It is incredible that the wood piles that hold many of the buildings in and around Venice's water system have been there for centuries. I could spend months and months relearning its history and exploring its beauty, so if all my expenses were paid for months and months - that is where you would find me.

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